Dec 29, 2016

Coco Cups (Debbie Mumm, Tony Minieri and Laura Taylor) UPDATED

With wintery weather coming on here in the USA, folks are thinking about hot chocolate, hot coffee and hot tea.  And stitch guides, naturally!  A favorite canvas is Debbie Mumm's "Coco Cups" which is available in two cup or single cup canvases as well.  Shops can order the canvas from Melissa Shirley Designs.

Stitch guides for the wonderful warming five cup design are available from Laura Taylor and also from Tony Minieri.  Stay warm!

UPDATE:  Ruth Schmuff has a guide for the long 5 cup version of this design now.

Dec 28, 2016

Peacock Party (Eye Candy and Sharon Quick)

Sharon Quick has finished stitching Eye Candy's "Peacock Party" and posted a photograph on Facebook.

Your favorite shop can order the canvas from Eye Candy and you can pick up the guide via Sharon's Facebook page. Here's another view of Sharon Quick's guide.  Ada Hayden of Eye Candy says that Robin King has a guide for this as well.  Contact Robin for her version.

Dec 27, 2016

Colorful Lion (Birds of a Feather and Robin King)

Alice just finished her colorful lion (canvas from Birds of a Feather ) using Robin King's stitch guide.  Isn't this FUN?!  Use the right side arrow to see a closeup of the lion's mane.

Dec 26, 2016

Petei Santa Wondeland (Petei and The French Knot) UPDATED

Petei is famous for her small Santa stand up figures, so it was fun to see some of them featured on Stephanie's blog.  These were all stitched using stitch guides from The French Knot in Fort Worth, Texas.  I think all of the guides are from Diana Bosworth although I can't be sure.

UPDATE:  Steph found more photos of Petei Santas stitched using Diana Bostworth guides.  Fun!

Your favorite shop can order any Petei Santa you like for you from Painted Pony Designs but you'll need to pick up the stitch guides for the models shown on Stephanie's blog from The French Knot.  Here are the guides they offer.

Dec 25, 2016

Three Kings (Debbie Mumm and Paulette Paquette) UPDATED

Jeannine just posted a photograph of her completed Debbie Mumm "Three Kings" from Debbie's large Nativity set for Melissa Shirley.  It's wonderful!

The stitch guide was done by Paulette Paquette of Family Arts in Phoenix.  Call the shop or use Paulette's Facebook page to inquire about the guide.

UPDATE:  Rhea McCutchen Irish has stitched the entire series.  Contact her through Pocket Full of Stitches (second link below) to get her guides.

Dec 24, 2016

John Johanssen's Nativity Set (David McCaskill) UPDATED

David McCaskill just posted photographs on Facebook of John Johanssen's Nativity set.  David did the stitch guides (contact him to pick them up) and the canvases are still available from Melissa Shirley Designs.  Use the side arrows to see the entire set.  Lovely!

UPDATE:  Carolyn Hedge Baird has done stitch guides for the Three Wise Men in the set in case you like her style better.  Contact Carolyn to see if she has done others in the set.

Dec 23, 2016

Santa with Toys Stocking (Strictly Christmas and Diana Bosworth)

Margie just posted a photograph of her finished Strictly Christmas stocking on Facebook.  It shows Santa with toys and is a real charmer.

Margie stitched this using a stitch guide by Diana Bosworth from Pocket Full of Stitches.  The shop can get you Diana's guide and the stocking, too, if you want.  Merry Christmas!

Dec 22, 2016

Bunny Angel Sock (Melissa Shirley and Janet Alter)

Julie posted a photograph of this charming Melissa Shirley stocking on Facebook. The stocking is called "Bunny Angel Sock."  Your favorite shop can order it through Melissa Shirley Designs.

The stitch guide was by Janet Alter of In Stitches Atlanta.  The shop also arranged for the finishing.

Dec 21, 2016

Temptation Christmas Ornament (Nenah Stone and Needlepoint For Fun)

Needlepoint For Fun just posted the model for their version of Nenah Stone's Temptation Ornament.  More information about the canvas and their guide is on Needlepoint For Fun's website.  To see the model embellished or done just in tent stitches, change the photo on their website.  I think the stitch guide costs extra but the website doesn't make that clear.  You will need to ask the shop for further information.

Dec 20, 2016

Anu Bird (Zecca and Ruth Schmuff)

Ruth has done a stitch guide for Zecca's Anu Bird and it's wonderful fluzzy and blingy fun. Wendy stitched the model for your viewing pleasure.

You can order the canvas and guide via Ruth's shop.

Dec 18, 2016

Joyous Tidings Santa (Debbie Mumm with Mary Legallet)

Melissa Shirley Designs just posted Mary Legallet's vision of Debbie Mumm's "Joyous Tidings Santa" on Facebook.

Finishing by Marlene.  The canvas and guide can be ordered from Melissa by your favorite shop.

Dec 17, 2016

Kindergarten Nativity Set (Labors of Love and David McCaskill)

Labors of Love just posted a photograph of their stitched Kindergarten Nativity set.  It's wonderful!

The stitch guides for all the pieces of the set come from David McCaskill and are included in the purchase of the canvas.

Dec 16, 2016

The Elf Made Me Do It (Funda Scully and Chris Tirey)

This hilarious Elf Made Me Do It design is by Funda Scully and was stitched by Casey using a guide by Chris Tirey of Nimblefingers.

Contact the shop to pick up the guide and Painted Pony to get the canvas.

Dec 15, 2016

My Fair Lady (Melissa Prince Designs and Suzie Vallerie)

Suzie at Enriched Stitch has been busy stitching "My Fair Lady" for Melissa Prince's series of movie coasters.  That is one fabulous hat!

Contact the shop for Suzie's guide.  They will happily sell you the canvas, too.

Dec 14, 2016

Gingerbread Advent Calendar (Kelly Clark and Chris Tirey)

Kelly Clark's Gingerbread House Advent Calendar has been beautifully stitched by Shelley using Chris Tirey's stitch guide.

You can contact Chris via her shop, Needlefingers.  Your favorite shop can order the Advent set from Colonial Needle, which owns the Kelly Clark brand.  And of course if you don't have a favorite shop, Chris will order this for you.

Dec 13, 2016

Winking Santa (Chris Tirey)

Casey posted a photo of her Winking Santa design on Facebook, made into a pillow.  The design is by Raymond Crawford (at least I think it is) and the stitch guide from Chris Tirey.

Dec 12, 2016

Purple Palms Lists Their Stitch Guides

Purple Palm Designs now has a section of available stitch guides on their website.  If you know of other guides, please let them know so they can update the list for their customers.

Dec 11, 2016

Embracing Horses (Laurel Burch/Danji and Pocket Full of Stitches)

Pocket Full of Stitches wrote a stitch guide for Linda to use in stitching Laurel Burch's "Embracing Horses."  Linda just finished a posted a photograph on Facebook.

Call the shop for help getting the guide and canvas.

Dec 9, 2016

Christmas Bells (Raymond Crawford and Christa Collins)

Marie showed off a photograph of her finished Christmas Bells from the art of Raymond Crawford on Facebook.  This was stitched using a guide by Christa Collins at Needlepoint This in Dallas.

Contact the shop to pick up the guide and the canvas if you don't own it already.

Dec 8, 2016

Order Up a Mail Order Guide from Susan Portra

Luv2Stitch just announced that Susan Portra will be creating stitch guides by mail for their customers.   Susan used to visit the shop regularly to teach but since she's not able to travel as much these days, she will be creating stitch guides by mail instead.  The shop's latest e-newsletter says "For $95 per hour Susan will provide stitch and thread recommendations from a color copy of your chosen canvas.  You choose the number of hours, type of threads you prefer, you receive back a detailed stitchguide noting thread & color recommendations for your stitching enjoyment.  Envelope is going out to her next Monday, December 12 at 4PM.  If you would like to take part, please give us a call."

If you want to take advantage of this unique opportunity, contact the shop.

Dec 7, 2016

Huff and Puff (Maggie and Paula Schmidt)

Paula Schmidt has a stitch guide for this darling puffer fish from Maggie.  Garden Gate Needlepoint posted a series of photographs on their Facebook page.  Use the right side arrow to see the model and two closeups.

Dec 5, 2016

Jack Stack (Tapestry Fair and Julie Elder)

Tapestry Fair shows off their Jack Stack Halloween pile 'o pumpkins, stitched using a Julie Elder stitch guide.  Isn't this fun?!

Your favorite shop can order the canvas from Tapestry Fair.  Tapestry Fair doesn't furnish stitch guides but they maintain a list of available guides and where to find them on their website.  Hopefully this will be updated soon with contact information for Julie Elder.

Dec 3, 2016

Stitch Guides from Cat's Cradle

The Cat's Cradle website has been updated with a list of stitch guides available for their fun designs.  Contact the designer to see how to order the guide with your canvas.

Dec 1, 2016

Limited Edition Santa (Ann and Carolyn Hedge Baird)

Barbara's Needlepoint just posted a photograph of one of their limited edition Santas from Ann  Hansen on Facebook.

The stitch guide is from Carolyn Hedge Baird.  Contact Barbara's Needlepoint via their Facebook page to find out if the limited edition Santa is still available.

Nov 29, 2016

Alice Peterson's Bookshelf Series (Cookbooks, Childrens' Books, and Classic Books) UPDATED

Ridgewood Needlepoint just announced Stephanie Dresher-Mandelbaum is working on a stitch guide for Alice Peterson's new "Cookbooks" canvas.  Here's a photograph of it I found online.

The guide is free if you buy the threads from the shop or $20 if you only want the guide.  Of course Ridgewood can get you the canvas, too.    Just talk to the shop for help.

UPDATE:  Enriched Stitch has Mary Ellen Kearns Winnicki's stitch guide for this canvas also.  $40 according to this Facebook posting.

UPDATE #2:  Apparently Amy Bunger (Amy's Golden Strand) and Eva Donnelley at A Stitch in Time have done guides for this canvas.  Stitch By Stitch Larchmont has one for the 13 count version. This is Amy's version.

UPDATE #3:  Amy Bunger is also working on guides for the "Children's Books" and "Classic Books" versions of this design

UPDATE #4:  Stephanie is also working on the kids book version of this series.  The guide is free if you buy the threads from the shop or $30 if you only want the guide.  Of course Ridgewood can get you the canvas, too.    Just talk to the shop for help.

UPDATE #4A:  Stephanie just finished the Fashion Books.  Talk to Ridgewood.

UPDATE #5:  Robin King will prepare a stitch guide for the Classic Books for a class in February 2018.  Her guide will be available after that.

UPDATE #6:  Suzie Vallerie at Enriched Stitch has a guide for the Classic Books canvas.

UPDATE #7:  Pat Miller of the Needleart Nut has done a guide for the new Fashion Books canvas.

UPDATE #8:  Osterville Needlepoint is doing guide (written by Elaine) for an Alice Peterson book club.  This is the kids' books one.

This is the adult classic books shelf by Osterville.

And this is the Christmas book shelf from Osterville.

UPDATE #9: I understand that Ruth Schmuff has done a guide for the Melissa Shirley Christmas books one.

Delectable Desserts (BB Designs and What's the Point?)

What's the Point? Needlepoint just posted three photos of their BB Designs "Delectable Desserts" series, all with stitch guides from the shop.  (I think Linda Lahm did the guides but I'm not certain.)

Contact the shop to pick up these sweet treats.

Nov 27, 2016

Dorothy's Ornament (The Meredith Collection and Needle Orts)

Wizard of Oz fans will be charmed by Erica's Meredith Collection ornament, stitched using a guide by Needle Orts.

Contact the shop to pick up your guide and the canvas if you don't have it already.

Nov 25, 2016

Sharon Quick Update

Sharon Quick writes wonderful stitch guides for a whole range of designers.  If you are bored with Thanksgiving parades, football, shopping and food, visit her Facebook photo album of available guides to see the fantastic models she's created.  If you fall in love, just message Sharon using the Facebook message system.

Nov 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Pumpkins (Danji and Paula Rae Schmidt)

Sandra is ready for Thanksgiving with these four Danji pumpkins (use the right side arrow to see the other two).  She used a stitch guide from Paula Rae Schmidt of 3 Kittens Needle Arts.  Talk to the shop about picking up Paula's guide and the canvases (second link below).

Nov 23, 2016

Pumpkin Stack (Mary Lake-Thompson and Enriched Stitch)

The Enriched Stitch has a new kit available for "Pumpkin Stack" from Mary Lake-Thompson/Melissa Shirley Designs.  It's very harvest and/or Halloween, isn't it?

Patti did the guide and the shop, although this guide isn't on their Stitch Guide section of the shop website yet, can help you get the kit.

Nov 21, 2016

The Queen Beatrice (Sandra Vargas and Sandy Arthur)

Sandra Vargas' new The Queen Beatrice has been beautifully stitched by Sandy Arthur for Bedecked and Beaddazzled, Sandra Vargas' distributor.

The canvas comes with Sandy Arthur's stitch guide and the thread kit is available if you wish.  Just talk to the shop for help in buzzing through your own bee queen.

Nov 20, 2016

Pilgrims (Melissa Shirley and Beverly Churchfield with Patricia Sone)

Patricia Sone just posted two Pilgrims from Melissa Shirley on her blog.  These were stitched with help from Beverly Churchfield's stitch guide.

I think you can reach Beverly via Aristeia Needlepoint to get a copy of the guide for this lovely set.

Patricia has also updated the list of stitch guides available from Patricia herself. The list is HUGE.  You'll find a guide for a canvas you've wanted to stitch but didn't know how to start for sure here.

Nov 19, 2016

The Lady in Red (Leigh Designs and Suzie Vallerie) UPDATED

Suzie at The Enriched Stitch has posted a good look at her "Sasha" which is a Go Red with Thread fund raiser at the shop for the American Heart Association.

UPDATE: Melissa Prince's "Paint the Town Red" is also part of the Go Red charity.

Any shop participating in the Go Red with Thread fund raiser can pick up the canvas for you, but if you want the guide and kit you need to talk to Enriched Stitch.  Here she is framed.

Nov 17, 2016

Owl Trio (Debbie Mumm and Angie Staebell)

Angie just finished the Debbie Mumm "Owl Trio" using her own stitch guide.  Melissa Shirley (Debbie distributor) was so impressed she posted a photo to Facebook.

You can reach Angie via Barbara's Needlepoint for the guide.  The shop can help you get the canvas from Melissa if you don't have a favorite shop of your own, too.

Nov 15, 2016

Summer Cottages (Maggie and Tony Minieri)

Nancy just posted two photos of her recently finished "Summer Cottages," stitched using Tony Minieri's stitch guide.  The canvas is from Cathy Horvath-Buchanan and is distributed by Maggie.

Nov 13, 2016

The Nativity (Susan Roberts and Becki Gebhart)

Enriched Stitch just posted photos of the Susan Roberts Nativity that the shop offered as a class.  Becki Gebhardt stitched it beautifully and the shop finished it as a music box.  You can order the canvas and stitch guide from Enriched Stitch.

Nov 11, 2016

Mouse in Gingerbread House (Tony Minieri)

This amazing gingerbread house with resident mouse was stitched by a customer at Stitch By Stitch using a Tony Minieri stitch guide.

The designer is uncredited and I cannot find the canvas at Stitch By Stitch, but the shop can help you find it.  The guide can be ordered on Tony's website once you know the designer name.

Nov 9, 2016

Bitch Free Guide Available

The Bitch Canvas Done!
After I finished blog-stitching Bloomin' Stitches' wonderfully cheeky design "Bitch," I wrote up the stitch guide and it is now available for free as a PDF file.

If you are interested, email me at and ask.  This canvas comes in many color variations but if you have other colors, you can easily substitute a red Kreinik for a purple I used, etc. Hopefully the ideas I used for my lettering will also translate to other sayings canvases, too, so if you need ideas….

By the way, Pat Miller has done a guide for her version of this fun piece.  Here it is made up as a pillow.

I don't see it listed on her blog but ask her about it if you are interested.

Nov 7, 2016

Pumpkins Banner (Melissa Shirley and Sherry Bray)

Sherry has just finished stitching this huge pumpkins banner (design by Melissa Shirley).  The stitch guide will be available from Sherry shortly.    She teaches at Queen Anne Stitches in Santa Clarita, CA.   The shop can help you with the guide and the canvas if you don't have it already.

Nov 6, 2016

Guides Available from Point2Pointe

The fairly new Point2Pointe design company has plenty of stitch guides available for canvases from many designers, from Associated Talents' "Let It Snow" to Painted Pony's "Equestrian Angel."

Jan will even do a custom guide. Contact her for more information if you need something special just for you.

Nov 5, 2016

Hearts (JP Needlepoint and Sharon Moerdler-Green)

Sharon just posted her finished JP Needlepoint hearts pillow on Facebook.  Sharon is writing the stitch guide for this beauty now.  Your favorite shop will be able to order the canvas and Sharon's guide from JP for your stitching pleasure.

Nov 3, 2016

Deer-Red Scarf (Jennifer Brinley and Terry Christopher Costello)

Marget just got her Maggie pillow back from the finisher's and it is lovely.  The design is from Jennifer Brinley of Maggie and the stitch guide came from Terry Christopher Costello.

Your favorite shop can pick up the canvas for you and Terry can be reached via her Facebook page.  See the Stitch Guide Writer Contact list for more information.

Nov 2, 2016

Christmas Cocktails (Leigh Deisgns, Pat Miller and Sharon Quick)

Leigh Designs just released a set of eight small ornaments or coasters called "Christmas Cocktails."  Four of the designs have a stitch guide available.

Pat Miller did two of the guides and Sharon Quick did the other two. To see their inventive take on holiday libations, click on the photo of the unstitched canvas.  Pat's also posted photos of her Cosmo and Martini here.

Oct 31, 2016

Wolfen (Leigh Designs and Chris Tirey)

Casey shows off her Leigh Designs' "Wolfen" Pumpkin on Facebook, stitched using a guide by Chris Tirey of Nimble Fingers in Houston, Texas.

Happy Halloween!

Oct 28, 2016

Carrow The Wicked Witch (Leigh Designs and Amy Bunger)

Kathy just posted a photograph on Facebook of her finished "Carrow" witch.

The canvas is by Leigh Designs from her Wicked series and the stitch guide by Amy Bunger.  You can pick up the guide and thread kit from Amy if you have the canvas already.  Or you can buy the canvas and guide from Amy and use your stash.

Oct 22, 2016

Lori Is Spooky Clever (Leigh Designs and Lori Carter) UPDATED

Lori Carter just finished her haunted house from Leigh Designs' Haunted Hill series.  Isn't it spooky?  And clever!  This is called "Ravens Road," by the way.  For obvious reasons!

Lori's also working on "Witches Glen." Spooky!

The stitch guide is available from Amy's Golden Strand.  It is brand new so it might not be up on the shop website yet.

Oct 21, 2016

Lavender Peep (Machelle Somerville and Pat Miller) UPDATED

Pat the Needleart Nut has just finished a stitch guide for Machelle Somerville's darling Lavender Peep.  Spring doesn't get any more purple than this!

Contact Pat for the guide and your favorite shop to pick up the purple bunny.  It also comes in yellow and pink in case a purple rabbit isn't what you prefer for next spring. Pat says she will do a thread kit as well if you are interested.

UPDATE:  Pat's finally finished the stitch guides for the yellow and the pink versions of this fun rabbit.

Oct 19, 2016

The Tooth Fairy (Artists Collection and Janeann Sleeman)

The Artists Collection posted a photograph of their new tooth fairy pillow for Destination Dallas.  This was stitched using a guide by Janeann Sleeman and beautifully finished by Pat Eaton.

Oct 17, 2016

Sherlock Movie Coaster (Melissa Prince and Gina Liuzzi)

Charlene has just finished stitching her Sherlock movie coaster from Melissa Prince Designs and posted a photograph on Facebook.  She used a stitch guide from Gina Liuzzi and it is fabulous!

Oct 15, 2016

Derangements (Leigh Designs with Carolyn Taggart, Pat Miller and Sharon Quick)

Leigh Designs' new Halloween set of eight canvases for 2016 are call the Derangements.

Each floral arrangement features a carnivorous plant and a Halloween themed vase.  Three come with stitch guides--Carolyn Taggart stitched the pumpkin bearing what looks a lot like the plant from Little Shoppe of Horrors, Pat Miller stitched the bog orchids growing out of the startled mummy vase...

 ...and Sharon Quick created the Venus fly traps in their black witch's cauldron.  Click on the thumbnail photo of the unstitched canvases to see the stitched models.

Happy Halloween!

Oct 13, 2016

Oct 11, 2016

Venice (Colors of Praise and David McCaskill)

Carol showed off her latest finish on Facebook--"Venice" from Colors of Praise, stitched mostly using David McCaskill's stitch guide.

Contact David via his Facebook page, Stitches on Wheels, to order the guide.  Your favorite shop can order the canvas for you.

Oct 9, 2016

Santa on the Beach (Labors of Love and Mark Young)

Labors of Love's Mark Young has just finished the stitch guide for their beachy Santa stocking  This will be available at Destination Dallas 2016 in September.

Oct 8, 2016

Magnolias (Kirk and Hamilton with Pat Miller)

Pat Miller (also known as the Needleart Nut) has finished her gorgeous Kirk and Hamilton "Magnolias."  Isn't it lovely?!

The canvas is available from Kirk and Bradley (the new name for Kirk and Hamilton) and the stitch guide is available from Pat.  The link above tells you how to reach Pat to order the guide.  Here's the Kirk and Bradley website.  You can't order canvases from them yourself but your favorite shop can get it for you if they don't happen to have this in stock.

Oct 7, 2016

Golden Pears (Melissa Shirley)

Melissa Shirley just announced a new stitch guide for her "Golden Pears" design--done by Melissa herself!  And she has posted all the pages of the guide on Facebook.  Use the side arrows to see what she did and where.

Melissa is very talented as a stitcher, as well as a designer.

Oct 5, 2016

Outside Owl (Eleanor Grosch and Ruth Schmuff)

I love this Eleanor Grosch owl design and the fact that Ruth Schmuff has written a guide for it just makes it more appealing.

Follow the link to order this from Ruth's shop.

Oct 3, 2016

Sep 30, 2016

The Oz Girls (Sandra Vargas and Ruth Schmuff)

Ruth Schmuff has written a stitch guide for the Oz Girls, a canvas by Sandra Vargas that she distributes.  You can pick up and canvas and guide through Ruth's shop, Bedecked and Beaddazzled. It looks like the guide is included with the canvas but threads are extra.

Sep 28, 2016

Beach March (Tapestry Tent and Terry Christopher Costello)

Marget just posted three photographs of her finished "Beach March" --one of the March series by Ashley Dillon-- on Facebook.  She used Terry Christopher Costello's stitch guide. Use the side arrows to see closeups.

You can get the guide directly from Terry and the canvas can be ordered by your favorite shop from Susan Roberts.

Sep 26, 2016

Daniella (Lani and Tony Minieri) UPDATED

Jeanne shows off her latest Lani piece, Daniella from Lani's fairy series, stitched using a Tony Minieri stitch guide.

You can pick up the guide from Tony himself and either shop at Lani's shop or have your local shop order the canvas from her.

UPDATE:  Here is Ellen's version, using Tony's guide.

Sep 24, 2016

Snapdragons (Sandra Gilmore and Laura Perin)

Laura Perin has finished another stitch guide fro a Sandra Gilmore canvas.  This time Laura's worked her magic on "Snapdragons," a still life of flowers and china on a table.

Your favorite shop can order the canvas and stitch guide from Fleur de Paris, which distributes Sandra Gilmore's canvases. Or you can pick up the guide only from Laura herself on her website.

Sep 23, 2016

Girls Rule (Curtis Boehringer and Patricia Sone)

This royal lady is "Girls Rule" from Curtis Boehringer.  The stitched model is by Patricia Sone.  The canvas and guide are available from Fleur de Paris, Curtis' distributor.

UPDATE:  Here's Carole's finished version.

Sep 20, 2016

Snowman Row (Mary Lake-Thompson and Sherry Bray)

Mary Lake-Thompsons' "Snowman Row" is pictured finished on Facebook.  Stitched by Sherry Bray and she has a guide available. Contact Sherry for the guide and Melissa Shirley Designs for the canvas.

Mary Legallet also has a stitch guide for this one.  You can't go wrong whichever guide you choose.

Sep 18, 2016

A New Look at Stitch Guides from Bedecked and Beaddazzled

Ruth Schmuff's online shop had a makeover in July and now you can see all the stitch guides available from Ruth in one place--

It looks as if there aren't any photos of the finished model and it isn't always clear who wrote the guide but you can pick up the canvas and guide alone or add a thread kit to your purchase very easily.  Contact Bedecked and Beaddazzled for further information.  I am not certain if the guide alone is available or if you need to buy the canvas or thread kit to pick up the guide.  Ruth can help you, though.

Sep 17, 2016

Two New Guides by Colleen (Vicki Sawyer and Karen Grant and Colleen Church)

Colleen at Needle Works in Austin has announced kits (including the canvas, her stitch guide and threads) are now available for the Vicki Sawyer/Melissa Shirley "Cardinal Family" and for the Karen Grant "Paisley Pumpkin."  Call the shop for help (second link below).

Sep 16, 2016

Carla Bank's Summer in the Park Triptych (Leigh Designs and Pat Miller)

Pat Miller (the Needleart Nut blog) has been really busy with canvases from Carla Bank's artwork, adapted to needlepoint canvas by Leigh Designs.    The designs are in a series called Summer in the Park.   They are all 10 inches square on 18 count canvas.

Water's Edge, Birch and Two Birches make up the triptych.  Of course you can stitch only one, but Pat decided to do all three in a series to coordinate.  First, she stitched Birch.  It has a wonderful appliqué birch trunk and some lovely flowers.

Then she tackled Water's Edge. It has some amazing flowers also!

Two Birches uses elements from the other designs.  Pat is finalizing the stitch guides for all three of the set right now.  You ought to be able to get her guides by the time this posts to the CH Stitch Guide Blog.

Pat has also stitched "Red Bird" from Carla Bank.  You can see that piece here.  As always, your favorite shop can pick up Pat's guide and the canvas when they order from Leigh Designs or you can contact Pat directly if you only want the guide.

Sep 15, 2016

EyeCandy Stitch Guides

The newest EyeCandy designs from Ada Hayden are out for Destination Dallas 2016 and many come with stitch guides written by Ada herself.  What fun!

Remember, this was published in 2016 so there are more guides available now.  Use the search function at the upper left corner to find what I've seen and listed here.

Sep 9, 2016

Diane Snyder and Louise's Needlepoint Collaborate

Louise's Needlepoint just announced their Quick Kits, a small design with threads and stitch guide by Diane Snyder are available at the shop.

I thought folks who like one stop shopping would like to know about this.  Contact the shop for details.

Dancing Miriams (Bracha Levee and Tony Minieri)

Frani just posted a photo of her fabulous "Dancing Miriams" on Facebook.  The canvas is by Bracha Levee and the stitch guide was created by Tony Minieri.  Your favorite shop can order this canvas for you and you can visit Tony's website to pick up the guide.

Sep 7, 2016

Stitch Guides from Needlepoint.Com (which has a business relationship with A Collection of Designs, Kirk and Bradley and Elizabeth Bradley) now has a stitch guide section on their shop website where you can pick up stitch guides for the ACOD and Kirk and Bradley pieces.  Because the Elizabeth Bradley designs are all kits meant to be done in continental or Victorian cross stitch, they probably won't do guides for these.

It's a fun browse to choose a fun Halloween or Christmas set or to pick up a guide for that fun travel ornament to commemorate a trip you've taken or wish you were taking.

Sep 5, 2016

The Santa Trio (Debbie Mumm and Mary Legallet)

Mary's just finished the stitch guides for a trio of Debbie Mumm Santas.  You can stitch one or the whole set for display.

The canvases are available from Melissa Shirley designs as are the stitch guides.  Just in time to stitch for Christmas!

Sep 3, 2016

BB Needlepoint and Kreinik Collaborate

Sally Baer of BB Needlepoint Designs talks to Kreinik's Dena about her line of medium sized stockings that came out in 2016. here  You can see the video on Kreinik's Facebook page under their July 18, 2016 posting.

The reason this is listed here on the CH Stitch Guides blog is that Sally will have the stitch guide ready for this beauty shortly and she talks in some detail about the stitches and threads used.  Ask your favorite shop to order for you.

Hopefully all the medium stockings from Sally will be on their website soon.

Sep 1, 2016

Whale Snow Dome (Kirk and Bradley and Joan Lohr) just announced a kit for the Kirk and Bradley "Whale Snow Dome" canvas--

The charming stitch guide is from Joan Lohr.  This kit is probably an exclusive from the shop as they have a business relationship with Kirk and Bradley (and A Collection of Designs and Elizabeth Bradley).

Aug 31, 2016

Texas Postcard (Denise DeRusha and John Waddell)

Emily just posted a photo of her finished "Texas Postcard"--a wonderful travel design from Denise DeRusha, stitched using an equally wonderful stitch guide from John Waddell.

I suspect that Chaparral can get the guide and canvas for you.  Give them a call.

Aug 29, 2016

Ruth Does Embellishment

Ruth Schmuff is getting ready for a new embellishment class at her shop, Bedecked and Beaddazzled, and all the canvases are having their threads pulled.  Here is the display of goodies--

Ruth posted progress photos from the class so you can get some idea of the finished designs.

Most of the canvases are those that Ruth distributes, but regardless, if you want to stitch one of these charmers, talk to Ruth about picking up the stitch guide, the thread kit, and/or the canvas.

Aug 28, 2016

One Stop Stitch Guide Shopping (The Needleart Nut) UPDATED

Pat Miller (whom you know from her Needleart Nut blog) has had a busy summer writing stitch guides.  The following four were custom guides, written by Pat who kindly kitted out the designs for her customers.  Now they are available to the general public.  Contact Pat to pick up the guides only, or to ask her to assemble a thread kit for you, too.  The first guide is for Denise's "Be Mine" heart.  Pat changed the colors pre her customer's request to make this a red hot Valentine project.

Do you love Easter? Then Brenda Stofft's "Floral Egg" is a must have for you.  I love the sheep!

Maybe you are a Christmas person?  Then Raymond Crawford's elegant "Holly with Berries" is to your taste.

Of course if you don't decorate for the holidays, how about Debbie Mumm's gorgeous "Flower Cart"?  This canvas is from Melissa Shirley, who distributes Debbie's great artwork on needlepoint canvas.

UPDATE:  It is fabulous stitched!

Because these are customs, Pat hasn't stitch them.  Therefore there isn't a model, but trust me--Pat's special talent is coming up with easy stitches in lovely threads that look fabulous when stitched.

Aug 27, 2016

Holiday Doors Series (Elizabeth Turner Collection and Stitch By Stitch Larchmont)

Stitch by Stitch in Larchmont just announced a new stitch guide for "Holiday Doors" from the Elizabeth Turner Collection (now named the Meredith Collection).

They also have guides for the other four canvases in this series.  Just contact the shop for details.

Aug 25, 2016

HO 3 (Pepperberry Designs and Virginia Barney)

Jinny at Stitch Style just finished stitching Pepperberry's HO 3 Christmas ornament.  She lists all the stitches and threads she used at her blog for your stitching enjoyment.

If you want to use the stitch guide, you can order the canvas and threads from which is where Jinny teaches.  Have fun!

Aug 24, 2016

Cindy Does Stitch Guides, Too (Sew Much Fun)

Want a stitch guide that everyone else doesn't have?  Then all you need to do is check out the stitched models on display at Cindy's Needle Art which Sheena profiled when she visited the shop on vacation.

Here's a lovely chandelier canvas from Sew Much Fun that comes with one of Cindy's guides.

The shop is the brain-child of Cindy and her sister Randi.  Randi designs (under the Sew Much Fun name) and Cindy stitches.  Cindy also offers stitch guides and classes for all sorts of canvases.  Check out the great owls from Melissa Shirley and that stunning perfume bottle canvas!  If you fall for something, just give the shop a call and they'll fix you right up with the guide of your dreams.

UPDATE:  By the way, usually the stitch guides cost extra.  The canvases don't automatically come with a free guide.

Aug 23, 2016

Flowers Galore (Melissa Prince and Suzie Vallerie)

Suzie shows off Melissa Prince's Flowers Galore sign.  Suzie will be doing a stitch guide for this and perhaps a class, too.  Contact her via the shop (second link below) if you are interested.

UPDATE:  Here is the piece back from the framer!

Aug 22, 2016

Santa's Workshop (Sue Ella at Chaparral)

Chaparral just posted photos from the Santa's Workshop series Sue Ella wrote stitch guides for.  They are considering making this a series but whether they do or not, you can pick up the guides and canvases by calling the shop.  Use the right side arrow to see all eight pieces.

Aug 21, 2016

The Blue Rhino (Diane Dirks and Tony Minieri)

Joey just finished Diane Dirks' "Blue Rhino" using Tony Minieri's stitch guide. Lovely!

I'm not sure the canvas is still available but Bedecked and Beaddazzled has one and you can pick up the guide from Tony himself.

Aug 20, 2016

The Cardinal (Raymond Crawford and Alison Hodgkiss)

Jamie just posted a photo of her finished Raymond Crawford cardinal on Facebook.  She stitched it using a guide from Alison Hodgkiss of A Stitch in Time.

Contact Alison to pick up the canvas and her guide from the shop.

Aug 19, 2016

Santa in the Round (Mark Young of Labors of Love)

Park Avenue Needlepoint shows off the stitch guide and canvas for Labors of Love's "Santa in the Round."  The stitch guide is by Mark Young of Labors of Love.  Use the left side arrow to all four sides of the unstitched canvas that Kathleen stitched (second link below).

Aug 17, 2016

Rustic Santa (Melissa Shirley and Mary Legallet)

Mary at Whimsical Stitch just posted the finished Rustic Santa on Facebook.  (It was stitched by Polly, by the way.)

The guide and canvas can be ordered by your favorite shop from Melissa Shirley Designs.

Aug 16, 2016

Single Feather (Machelle Sommerville and Pat Miller)

The Single Feather stitch guide is ready!  This canvas is by Machelle Sommerville and the guide is by Pat Miller.

You can see the finished piece on Pat's blog.  The canvas and guide can be ordered from Machelle's distributor--Fleur de Paris--or you can get just the guide rom Pat herself.

Aug 15, 2016

The John Johanssen Nativity Set (Melissa Shirley and Carolyn Hedge Baird)

Lisa just posted one of the Wise Men from her John Johanssen Nativity set on Facebook.

Here is Lisa's second Wise Man.

The set is available from Melissa Shirley Designs, which is Mr. Johanssen's distributor of needlepoint designs.  The stitch guides are from Carolyn Hedge Baird.


Aug 13, 2016

I'm Late! (Sandra Gilmore and Frances Jue)

Nancy just posted three photographs of her finished "I'm Late" rabbit from Sandra Gilmore of Once in a Blue Moon on Facebook.  Use the side arrows to see all three photographs and to read where Nancy found the various items for the basket.

The stitch guide is by Frances Jue. You can contact her via her Facebook page and your favorite shop can order any Sandra Gilmore design from Fleur de Paris, her distributor.

Aug 9, 2016

New Travel Rounds--with Guides! (Kirk and Bradley plus Virginia Barney) UPDATED

Jinny Bradley shows off the newest travel rounds from Kirk and Bradley:  Charleston, Washington, D.C., Ireland and Las Vegas.  All these new rounds come with a free stitch guide from Jinny herself.  You can see the finished models here for all except Las Vegas.

UPDATE:  More travel rounds (each canvas includes a guide) have been added to the K&B collection.  That means you can pick up Hawaii, Kentucky, Charleston, London and New York City as well.

UPDATE #2:  There are more and more travel rounds available with guides. The list currently includes:  Augusta, St. Andrews, Barcelona, Boston, Canada, Charleston, Chicago, Hawaii, Ireland, Kentucky, Las Vegas, London, Miami, New Orleans, Paris, Raleigh, Rome, Royal Ascot, San Francisco, Scotland, Spain, Texas, Venice, Wales, Washington D.C., and Wimbleton.

Aug 8, 2016

Corina Luyken Stitch Guides UPDATED

The artwork from Corina Luyken is put on canvas and currently distributed by Maggie but the license will expire in 2016 and not be renewed.   However, Ruth Schmuff is placing a final order for many of Corina's piece and has stitch guides available for them.  Contact Ruth at Bedecked and Beadazzled to take home one of these beauties before it is too late.

UPDATE:  These canvases don't have stitch guides but if you need to shop wisely, then check out Needlepoint For Fun's sale on Corina canvases.  Get a canvas and then one of Ruth's guides and make two online shops happy!

Aug 7, 2016

Fancy Pumpkin with Ghosts (A. Bradley)

If you want  to stitch a perfect fancy pumpkin for your fall decorating, A. Bradley Needle Arts has a very cute one, complete with stitch guide.

Aug 5, 2016

Easter Rabbit with Morning Glories (Brenda Stofft and Sandy Arthur)

Sandy Arthur has updated her website with the stitch guide for Brenda Stofft's magnificent "Easter Rabbit with Morning Glories."  Sandy just finished a cyber class on this piece.  If you were unable to take the class, you can pick up the guide for this beauty here.

If a PDF file instant download doesn't work for you, contact Sandy.  I'm sure she'll come up with an alternative for you.

Aug 3, 2016

Embracing Horses (Laurel Burch and Brenda Hart)

Brenda Hart and Ruth Schmuff have collaborated on a stitch guide for Laurel Burch's "Embracing Horses."

The guide (and the canvas) are available from Ruth's shop.

Ruth also has a guide and the canvas for Laurel Burch's "Wild Horses" in case your mental image of your herd is more colorful.

Aug 1, 2016

New Bird (Ellen Giggenbach, Ruth Schmuff and Laura Taylor)

Ruth Schmuff shows off a student's stitch of the new Ellen Giggenbach folk art bird, stitched using a Laura Taylor stitch guide.

You can buy the canvas from Ruth Schmuff's online shop.  The stitch guide is included but Ruth will pull threads for you for an additional charge.

Jul 28, 2016

Halloween House (Melissa Shirley Designs and Robin King) UPDATED

Adrienna just posted completed photos on Facebook of the various pieces of her Halloween House, design by Melissa Shirley and stitch guide from Robin King.

Talk to Robin about picking up the guide.  It may also be available from Melissa Shirley Designs when your favorite shop orders the canvas for you.

UPDATE:  Gina Luizzi has done a stitch guide for the Halloween House, too.

Jul 24, 2016

Petunia Pansy (Mile High Princess and Janeann Sleeman)

This funny standup is from Mile High Princess, with a stitch guide by Janeann Sleeman.

I think Artists Collection (they distribute Mile High Princess canvases) can help you obtain the guide.

Jul 18, 2016

Edward Scissorshands (Sandra Vargas and Ruth Schmuff)

Ruth Schmuff of Bedecked and Beaddazzled just finished writing a stitch guide for Sandra Vargas' "Edward Scissorshand."  If you are a movie buff and just need to stitch this, Ruth's shop can help you with the canvas and stitch guide.

Jul 15, 2016

It's Winter in July! (Meredith Willett and the Meredith Collection)

The three snowmen "Chilly, Nippy and Twinkles" are from The Meredith Collection, with a stitch guide by Meredith herself.  Your favorite shop can order Meredith's canvas and guide for you.

Jul 14, 2016

Rainbow Clock (Mindy and Designers Desk)

Designers Desk has a stitch guide for this colorful block clock from Mindy.

Your favorite shop can order the design from Mindy and you can pick up the guide (and threads if you like) from Designers Desk.  But hurry--Designers Desk is for sale as the owner wants to retire!

Jul 13, 2016

Believe and Imagine Snowmen (Danji and Laura Taylor)

Danji has a set of two snowmen canvases called "Believe" and "Imagine."  Both have stitch guides by Laura Taylor.  Here you can see "Believe."

The photograph was posted by Aristeia in California which will gladly sell you either canvas with its guide.

Jul 12, 2016

Strictly Christmas is Seeking Guide Photos

Devon posted this on Facebook for stitch guide writers:
"Attention, all you who have designed, used, and promoted professional stitch guides for Strictly Christmas canvases: Strictly Christmas is compiling a reference of available stitch guides for their designs, and are seeking information and high quality photos of the stitched/finished projects to use for cross-promotional purposes. If you would like your projects to be considered for this reference, please contact for all the juicy details."

So if you have done a guide for a Strictly Christmas canvas, make sure you let Kathy know.

Art of Sunshine Fruits (Artists Collection)

Artists Collection just posted three sneak peeks at three unstitched fruit canvases from Art of Sunshine on Facebook.  All have stitch guides.

Jul 10, 2016

Two New Melissa Shirleys, Stitched Using Tony Minieri Guides

Melissa Shirley's "Christmas Basket" and "Nutcracker Teacup"were stitched using Tony Minieri guides. The guides are available from Tony's website and your favorite shop can order the canvases from Melissa Shirley Designs.   (Use the side arrows to see both models.)

Jul 8, 2016

Poinsettias (Terry Enfield and Susan Portra)

Poinsettias by Terry Enfield was stitched using a Susan Portra stitch guide.  Terry Enfield's designs are owned by Red Thread.  I don't know if the guide is still available from Susan Portra. This is an older design.

Jul 6, 2016

Funky Pumpkins (Machelle Sommerville and Pat Miller)

Pat Miller of the Needleart Nut blog has finished stitching Machelle Sommerville's "Funky Pumpkins."  This pumpkin trio canvas is available from Fleur de Paris along with the guide, or you can pick up the guide straight from Pat herself.

Jul 4, 2016

New Amy Bunger Stitch Guides

The June 2016 newsletter from Amy's Golden Strand lists the newly available stitch guides from Amy Bunger and some that will be available shortly.

Ready now are Melissa Shirley's "Halloween Banner" and her "Thanksgiving Basket" plus Diane Ulmer Pederson's "Follow Me."  The latter canvas is distributed by Painted Pony Designs.

Guides for Vicki Sawyer's "Hootenany" and her "Strawberry Frog" (both distributed by Melissa Shirley Designs) are also ready.

Two Purple Palm Designs ("My Walk Home" and "Secret Place") will be released soon.

Jul 2, 2016

Guides Announced for Mile High Princess

The Artists Collection just announced stitch guides for all six of their Mile High Princess fish canvases.

They also have a guide for their "Waiting for Snow" snowmen. I believe these guides come with the canvas.

Jul 1, 2016

Blog-stitching Charlie (Pepperberry and Virginia Barney) UPDATED

Virginia has posted a listing of the threads and stitches she used for her portrait of her dog Charlie which is being stitched using the "Black Lab Santa" canvas from Pepperberry Designs.

UPDATE:  Here is the ornament back from the finisher, posting with Charlie himself.

So you can stitch your own dog Christmas ornament using Jinny's ideas!  Thanks and Merry Christmas in July to all!

Jun 30, 2016

Boudoir Slipper (Lani and Pam Miller)

Jill just finished stitching this lovely Lani boudoir slipper using a stitch guide from Pam Miller at The Edwardian Needle.

Contact the shop Wednesday-Saturday to pick up this guide (and maybe the canvas, too) for your stitching pleasure.

Jun 28, 2016

Flying Santa (Debbie Mumm and Stitch By Stitch Larchmont)

Stitch By Stitch in Larchmont, NY just posted a photograph of their version of Debbie Mumm's Flying Santa.

Contact the shop for a copy of the guide.  They can also order the canvas from Melissa Shirley for you if you don't have it already.

Jun 26, 2016

Oh What Fun (Barbara's Needlepoint)

Barbara's Needlepoint is creating a stitch guide for this charming Christmas piece, which I think is a design from their in house painters.

The shop does not have a website, so contact them via their Facebook page or call them in South Falls, South Dakota - phone 605.367.9050.

Jun 24, 2016

Summer at the Shore (Ewe and Eye and Suzie Vallerie)

Enriched Stitch's portrait of a house in Nantucket was a retreat class at the shop several years ago.  The canvas is no longer an exclusive to the shop but the stitch guide Suzie wrote is available from them.  You can see two versions of "Summer at the Shore" here and follow the link to purchase the downloadable PDF version of the stitch guide.

The shop can also probably furnish the threads needed and the canvas.  Just ask nicely.

Jun 22, 2016

The Chick Egg (Melissa Shirley Designs and Melissa MacLeod)

Melissa MacLeod just finished stitching this charming chick and roses egg for Easter.  It will be a class at The Wool and The Floss and stitch guides will be available.

Contact the shop for details.

Jun 21, 2016

Breaking News: Tony Minieri Adding Finished Photos to Website UPDATED

After much work, Tony Minieri's adding photos of finished pieces to his website.   Here is the first one.  See the two thumbnails under the main photo?  That is a flag that there is a stitched model image.  Click on the thumbnails to change images.

I suspect most of his guides won't have model photos since Tony has to wait for a student to share a good photo with him and if the student made substantial changes to the stitch guide, Tony won't be able to show that as a good representation of the outcome, but it is a nice touch and much appreciated.

UPDATE: Tony also has a Pinterest page where his students' finished designs are posted.

Jun 20, 2016

Sunflowers in Vase (Needle Deeva and Cynthia Thomas)

Cindy Thomas is going to teach this lovely sunflower still life at TNNA in June 2016.  The guide will be available from the designer, Needle Deeva, after that.

Jun 17, 2016

The San Francisco Santa Nutcracker Roll Up

Marilyn just posted a photograph of her finished San Francisco Santa Nutcracker Roll Up on Facebook.

The canvas and stitch guide are by Needlepoint Inc.  Use the contact information from their website.

Jun 16, 2016

Pumpkin Parade (Melissa Shirley and Amy Bunger) UPDATED

Amy Bunger's version of the Melissa Shirley "Pumpkin Parade" can be viewed on Facebook.

Kathy stitched it.  You can buy the guide from Amy with either the canvas and/or the thread kit. Amy doesn't sell only guides.

UPDATE: Sandy Slunecka also stitched Pumpkin Parade.  Her guide will be available Winter 2017 from Barbara's Needlepoint. Contact Barbara's via their Facebook page as they do not have a website.

UPDATE #2:  Robin King's done a guide for this, too.

UPDATE #3:  Tony Minieri has a guide as well.

UPDATE #4:  Patricia Sone has also done a guide for this charmer.

Jun 14, 2016

Flowers in Black and White Vase (Needle Deeva and June McKnight)

Jodi showed off her finished floral pillow from Needle Deeva on Facebook.  She used a June McKnight stitch guide.  You can get the canvas and guide from Old World Designs (second link below).

Jun 13, 2016

New Stitch Guides from Leigh Designs (Pat Miller, Sharon Quick, Carolyn Taggart and Jane Wood)

Crown Jewels Coasters, Finishing By West Coast Finishing

Leigh Designs has updated their website with three new sets of designs, many of which have stitch guides available.  Click on the photo (NOT the title) to see the stitched model.  They have eight new small Crown Jewels coasters, three of which have guides available now.  These are jewels similar to the various crowns and tiaras released in January.  Sharon Quick did a serene version of the Dutch Broach, Pat Miller stitched a very elegant Queen Mary's Broach, and Carolyn Taggart nailed the Queen Mum's Broach.

Four new Seashore Santas have been added making a full set of eight.   There are guides newly available for five of the set--Seeing Stars Santa (the guide is by me-I love everything about him), Coral Reef Santa (Pat Miller-love the coral), Catch of the Day Santa (Sandy Arthur-love the mermaid's hair), Globe Trotting Santa (Carolyn Taggart-love the shells), and Treasure Island Santa (Sharon Quick-love his pants).

Leigh is now distributing the colorful and happy artwork of Carla Bank on needlepoint canvas.  Pat Miller did an outstanding guide for Red Bird and is working on guides for other canvases in this series.